Banana Bread for the Soul
From: Feed Me I’m Yours, by Vickie Lansky
Feed Me, I’m Yours is a wonderful cookbook which which has been up-dated over the years and includes multiple recipes for great play dough and many fun kiddie foods. This banana bread recipe is easy, and yummy. Save too-ripe bananas in the freezer for baking day by peeling them and plopping them in a freezer bag. Never waste a black banana! Also, this recipe calls for 4-5 bananas. I’ve made it with 2 with no appreciable difference. As always, read this recipe all the way through before you get started. Much love, Your Auntie Jane
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2-5 mashed, very ripe bananas (the number is very flexible)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup all bran cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream margarine and sugar until light in a large bowl.
- Add egg and mix well.
- Then add the cereal, bananas and vanilla. Stir.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and add to the first mixture.
- Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray, pour in the batter.
Bake for an hour or until the bread tests done. This bread can be a little wet in the middle, especially if you’ve used 5 bananas, so make sure to insert a tooth pick or a kebob skewer (my mother used a broom straw, using the clean upper end, but most brooms are plastic now so less good for bread testing) into the middle to make sure it’s done. (It is not done until the tester comes out of the middle of the bread totally clean.) Turn the loaf out onto a rack and let sit until it is entirely cool before slicing. Or, if you can’t wait, you can slice it, but it will not cut into nice, even pieces.
Ta, da! A beautiful loaf to enjoy with your morning coffee or to take to work as a treat for everyone’s coffee. You can give this to the kids for breakfast. It’s not terribly sweet, and it’s got bran, bananas, nuts and some egg. My kids were picky eaters, so this worked for me, and they are both skinny people as adults. But I know that moms these days are much more concerned about sugar, so some may balk at this for breakfast. As in all things, it’s up to you.